Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness

Melanoma is a really sad subject for me. It took the life of my mother back in November of 2012. My mother fought for her life for almost 3 years. Up until the time that my mother was diagnosed I had no idea what a beast melanoma really is. Until you’ve known somebody fighting this cancer, then you really don’t know what it’s all about. Melanoma is one of the only cancers that can attack every single organ in the body. I know this from my mom and from my research. My sister and I spent countless hours into the wee hours of the morning grasping at anything that we thought way a ray of hope to beat this monster. Unfortunately, the melanoma won. You can read one of my previous posts about my mom’s battle HERE. You can do a search in my sidebar for more posts on this topic.

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My favorite picture of my mom. She’s holding her youngest grandchild shortly after her initial diagnosis.

I share my hope for a cure for melanoma here on my blog every year at this time. They are making some strides in treatment. However, there is still no cure and thousands die each year from this cancer. Prevention is needed so nobody gets melanoma in the first place. If you’ve ever had somebody close to you battle this or any disease then you probably wish that it had been prevented in the first place. Through my research I discovered a very large network of people who feel the same as I do. One of the people who I’ve connected with had a daughter pass away from melanoma. She has a blog and is a huge advocate for the banning of tanning beds. Her latest blog post can be found HERE.

melanoma and skin cancer awareness

Melanoma Monday is Monday, May 7th this year. This is a day to remember those lost to melanoma, to support those currently surviving and to help prevent melanoma from affecting others in the future. In addition, many hospitals and doctors are offering free skin cancer screenings. Check for one in your area. Early detection is the key to survival.

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This is me with my daughters a few years ago when we participated in the AIM at Melanoma Walk here in Dallas.

This year will be my 7th year walking in the AIM for Melanoma Walk for a Cure here in Dallas. It’s become a day each year for me to honor my mother’s life and her fight. If you want to donate to AIM at Melanoma, please use my link HERE. They have walks all over the country throughout the year. You can look at their website to see if they have one in your area.

I hope you learned something new about melanoma and skin cancer awareness from this post. Please share on social media using the buttons below because you never know who may be reading and together we can save a life and make a difference.


  1. April 27, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Stacie. It is wonderful that you are seeking to raise awareness about Melanoma!

  2. April 27, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    I’m so sorry about your mom but thank you for spreading the word and raising awareness, I am sure she would be proud of you for doing this. I didn’t know about May 7, and now I do 💕

  3. Erika
    April 27, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    I’m so sirry, Stacie. Cancer sucks and Melanoma is especially evil.

  4. April 27, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for this – I really need to get a mole check soon!

  5. April 27, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    I never knew that you could get breast melanoma. What a sad story but it’s good to know it’s recognized and there are organizations raising money for research. Thanks for sharing.
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  6. April 27, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    So sorry to hear about your mom. Melanoma is fatal but preventable if we take proper steps early on. Hugs!!!

  7. April 28, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Cancer does indeed suck.

  8. May 22, 2018 / 6:24 am

    Good to know that Stacia You are spreading skin cancer awareness i will appreciate your effort.
    I noticed my 2 sons already have a tan, we have gone nowhere, its just from playing outside. I don’t usually stick the factor 50 suncream on them until we hit about 19 degrees. What would be the average temperature someone should apply sun lotion?

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